Jingle bells and all is well
Music concerts at FBTA

– by Cayli, sophomore – From the chilly nights and festive decorations, to the yummy hot cocoa and warm Christmas cookies, music seems to be something that brings most of the joy and holiday cheer to many students and staff at FBTA.  This year, the Christmas concerts were virtual, with the elementary concert prerecorded and livestreamed on Dec. 8, and … Read More

Choirs and a mobile orchestra
How has COVID-19 affected music at FBTA?

– by Zachary, freshman – During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people could not attend music lessons because they were stuck in their homes. At the start of the school year, the reopening of music classes was delayed as the staff figured out how to disinfect the class area and to social distance.  “We’ve realized that spreading out more helps provide … Read More

NODACS?!
Thoughts about ODACS cancellation

– by Andrew C, junior – Just days before the school was closed for the rest of the year, Mr. Bradford called the junior and senior high students into the chapel room to announce the cancellation of 2020 ODACS, causing mixed feelings for everyone in the room.  Although the elementary grades were able to compete in ODACS, this was the … Read More

Busy, busy, busy!
Students prepare for the busy ODACS season

– by Haston H, senior – After Christmas break, FBTA students from 4th to 12th grade are hurled into one of the busiest times of the year. From speech classes to debate run-offs, there is always a bizz-buzz about the school. Students eagerly prepare for the chance to represent their school during ODACS competition using their God-given talent.  “While this … Read More

Elementary concert
3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, 1 awesome performance

– by Ava J, junior – On Dec. 4, the elementary students began the Christmas season by singing Christmas carols and songs, serenading friends and family, in the auditorium and over live-stream. During the performance, a special group of students also played handbells, while the rest of the elementary choir sang.

Music, anyone?
ODACS Band and Choir Festival

The 2019 ODACS Band and Choir Festival was hosted by Landmark Christian School in Richmond on Nov. 21-22. Mr. Eric Woods conducted the symphonic band, and the guest director for the Concert Choir was Captain Joel DuBois. Mrs. Lois Whitlock, Bethel Christian School in Hampton, conducted the Concert Band.

The sound of spring
Academy spring concert

– by Liza F, junior – ODACS being over doesn’t mean that FBTA has stopped participating in great music programs. As the school year comes to an end, FBTA held its final concert of the year. The concert consisted of many of everyone’s favorite ODACS songs along with a few new songs.  The program began with the handbell choir presenting … Read More

Making a joyful noise
The BJU brass group performs in chapel

– by Nathan H, senior – Chapel in the auditorium always means there’s going to be some sort of special event, and this time was no different.  Students eagerly made their way to the auditorium wondering what was going to happen. The brass instrumental band from Bob Jones University performed a variety of pieces, from “Mary had a Little Lamb” … Read More

Showtime
Fairfax choral group showcased at national competition in front of 3,000 people

– by Caleb D, senior – The resolution and climax of the competition season here at Fairfax is the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) National Fine Arts Competition in Greenville, SC, for Christian high school students across the nation.  Each year during the closing awards ceremony, the AACS officials choose a handful of performers to showcase their performance in … Read More